List of Uses for WD-40 and Information about


Several lists of uses for WD-40 have circulated, but, according to, who contacted WD-40, only the following (from the original circulating lists) were sanctioned by the manufacturer:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing.

2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3. Loosens stubborn zippers.

4. Untangles jewelry chains.

5. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

6. Keeps scissors working smoothly.

7. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.

8. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.

9. Rids kids’ rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

10. Lubricates tracks in home windows, making them easier to open.

11. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

12. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

13. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

14. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.

15. Prevents rust from forming on saws, saw blades, and other tools.

16. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

17. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell, apparently).

18. Removes all traces of duct tape.

19. Florida’s favorite use is: “cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.”

20. WD-40 sprayed on the distributor cap displaces the moisture and allows the car to start.

21. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks. Wash off after use.

22. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!

The above list was generated from whose list was one shortened by the manufacturer of WD-40 in the process of investigating whether the uses of WD-40 in the commonly circulating lists are valid or not.

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